Dickinson College’s Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring will hold an event to educate and involve the Carlisle community in local stormwater management.
The Stormwater Spectacular will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 on Britton Plaza, located on the east side of the Waidner-Spahr Library, 333 W. High St. No registration is required and it is free and open to the public.
The event includes campus tours that highlight pollution reduction techniques as well as information on volunteer opportunities to mark and maintain local storm drains and educational tables from ALLARM and other organizations.
Carlisle’s stormwater runoff goes untreated down storm drains and into the LeTort Spring Run, a tributary of the Conodoguinet Creek.
ALLARM is partnering with the Borough of Carlisle, Dickinson College and the Dickinson College Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice for the event.
The event is being held at a time of renewed focus on stormwater management in the borough.
North Carolina-based Raftelis Financial Consultants is expected to present its final report on a study of the borough’s stormwater system at the borough council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at borough hall.
The borough contracted with Raftelis in March to evaluate stormwater revenue needs in the borough and funding options for system maintenance and improvements. The fee for the study is not to exceed $43,000.
The borough spends about $300,000 to $400,000 out of the general fund budget on stormwater system management. That means property tax payers are financing stormwater maintenance. The alternative to raising taxes would be to enact a stormwater utility fee that would be charged to every property based on the demand it places on the stormwater system
Unlike property taxes, the fees are assessed on every property in the borough including government buildings, schools, churches and nonprofits.
If the borough council adopts a fee structure, those fees would likely not be assessed until late 2018 or early 2019.